Life Through A Lens #19- Thanksgiving Weekend

Hope you all had an amazing Thanksgiving weekend full of friends, family and lot’s of food! My grandparents and some friends and I took a quick road trip after Thanksgiving day and drove up to the Manzanar/Bishop area. The views were absolutely stunning, so I hope you enjoy the photos!

A quick stop for lunch in the cute little town of Lone Pine.

A beautiful view of the mountains, about 15 minutes away from Manzanar.

The never ending landscape never got old.

Fall/winter sunsets are feeding my soul.

Cotton candy clouds lighting up the sky in Bishop, CA.

This cute and well-known bakery was PACKED with all sorts of break and baked goods.

If you are a bread lover like me, Erick Schat’s Bakery in Bishop is heaven on earth.

This little creek in Law’s County was breathtakingly stunning. One of the most amazing natural sights I’ve ever seen.

Snow capped mountains making everything feel a little more like Christmas.

Life Through A Lens #18- Campus Life

Santa Monica beach views of the Georgian Hotel and beautiful palm trees.

A break from campus with a night out on the town. Emily Saliers concert at The Troubadour was amazing!

First meet of my collegiate career! I don’t know what was better, the experience or the view ❤

Views from the top of the Pepperdine campus.

Malibu at sunset is nothing less than breathtaking.

My beautiful campus part 1…

…and part 2…

…and finally part 3.

Cotton candy skies make any day better. Still can’t believe that I live here!

Food Adventures #4

Photogenic Tonkotsu ramen from Ramen of York in Eagle Rock. Definitely been missing ramen a lot lately, and this hit the spot!

http://www.ramenofyork.com/

Taco everyday, right?! Fried fish taco from Cacao Mexicatessen in Eagle Rock.

http://www.cacaodeli.com/

Who says eating healthy has to be boring? Cheesecake Factory lunch done right. Chicken tortilla salad, tomato, mozzarella and basil flatbread and crab bites.

… but also leave room for dessert;) It is CHEESECAKE factory after all.

https://www.thecheesecakefactory.com/

AMAZING dinner before a night out at Taste on Melrose. Super cute setting, perfect for date night (or a girls night). We ordered the papaya Kobe meatballs, truffle fries, truffle and mushrrom mac&cheese and Korean sweet potato wedges. Everything was so good, highly recommend!

http://ilovetaste.com/app/taste_melrose/

Food Adventures #3- Fall Break Finds

Celebrated National Taco Day with some fish and shrimp tacos at Senor Fish. 

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 Not exactly Singapore Dim Sum, but pretty close! This was soy sauce noodles and carrot cake from Lunasia Dim Sum House.

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Crab dip, stuffed mushrooms and a blue cheese burger for brunch in Santa Monica at Plan Check (and me trying the crab dip! Plot twist: it was AMAZING!)

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Mussels in a red curry sauce, grilled octopus with chorizo and dressed lobster roll with mac and cheese at Blue Plate in Santa Monica.

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Fruit bowl, bloody mary (for my dad:) and fried chicken with biscuits and gravy for lunch in Beverly Hills (living the high life!) at Market Provisions. 

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One last dinner for the break, and of course it had to be Asian. Korean BBQ in Korea Town at Chosun Galbee. 

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Life Through A Lens #6- Northern Cal

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Underneath the Kodak Theater- Hollywood, California

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That moment when you come across an insta-worthy moment- Santa Monica, California 7:50pm

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Talk about homework with a view- UC Santa Barbara 11:00am

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Bathroom break on our roadtrip ended with this view- San Simeon, California 2:55pm

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View from the top of Domaine Carneros- Napa, California 12:50pm

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Can I please live here!- Duckhorn Winery, Napa, California 4:00pm

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Duckhorn vines (we tasted a grape!)- Napa, California 4:05pm

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Looking out to the water on a perfect, clear day- Ghirardelli Square, San Francisco, California

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Stopped for some chocolate overload- Ghirardellli Square, San Francisco, California 2:55pm

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Last night in Cali called for drinks with a view- The View Bar (Marriott Marquis), San Francisco, California

Food Adventures #1- California Eats

Fried chicken sliders, Evelyn's pasta, Bang Bang shrimp, and a side of house salad from the Cheesecake Factory- Fashion Island, Newport

Fried chicken sliders, Evelyn’s pasta, Bang Bang shrimp, and a side of house salad from the Cheesecake Factory- Fashion Island, Newport

http://locations.thecheesecakefactory.com/ca/newport-beach-6.html

Poke bowls (bottom) with shrimp, tuna, garlic miso sauce, cucumber, avocado, mock crab salad, and fried onions. (Top) with scallops, tuna, TPP sauce, spring onions, and seaweed salad-The Poke Place, Rancho Cucamonga

Poke bowls (bottom) with shrimp, tuna, garlic miso sauce, cucumber, avocado, mock crab salad, and fried onions. (Top) with scallops, tuna, TPP sauce, spring onions, and seaweed salad-The Poke Place, Rancho Cucamonga

http://www.dfpoke.com/menu-1/

Nothing better than a good old summer bowl of cherries, strawberries and blueberries

Nothing better than a good old summer bowl of cherries, strawberries and blueberries

Grilled Pork Rice Vermicelli with an egg roll- Pho Ha Vietnamese Restaurant, Pomona

Grilled Pork Rice Vermicelli with an egg roll- Pho Ha Vietnamese Restaurant, Pomona

http://www.yelp.com/biz/pho-ha-vietnamese-restaurant-pomona

Shave Ice with pineapple, cherry and watermelon from a little kiosk at Oceanside Beach

Shave Ice with pineapple, cherry and watermelon from a little kiosk at Oceanside Beach

Blood Orange lemonade from the best lemonade store in California- Fashion Island

Blood Orange lemonade from the best lemonade store in California- Fashion Island

http://www.lemonadela.com/locations/orange-county/newport-beach

Best cupcakes in California- Casey's Cupcakes, Fashion Island. I recommend the coconut and lemon cupcakes

Best cupcakes in California- Casey’s Cupcakes, Fashion Island. I recommend the coconut and lemon cupcakes

https://caseyscupcake.com/

Blueberry mint lemonade form the best lemonade store in California (part 2), Fashion Island

Blueberry mint lemonade form the best lemonade store in California (part 2), Fashion Island

http://www.lemonadela.com/locations/orange-county/newport-beach

Life Through A Lens #5- Southern Cal Adventures

the ever-so-aesthetic Newport Pier- Newport Beach 11:15am

the ever-so-aesthetic Newport Pier- Newport Beach 11:15am

the morning crowd- Newport Beach

the morning crowd- Newport Beach

the dock- Newport Beach

the dock- Newport Beach

I hate birds, but love seagulls by the beach- Newport Beach

I hate birds, but love seagulls by the beach- Newport Beach

the obligatory "I'm under the pier" picture- Newport Beach

the obligatory “I’m under the pier” picture- Newport Beach

nothing better than sand between your toes!- Newport beach

nothing better than sand between your toes!- Newport beach

picture perfect views- Newport Beach

picture perfect views- Newport Beach

world's best and prettiest lemonade store- Fashion Island, Newport

world’s best and prettiest lemonade store- Fashion Island, Newport

beautiful water running through an even more beautiful garden- DreamWorks Animation Studios, California

beautiful water running through an even more beautiful garden- DreamWorks Animation Studios, California

this garden serves as inspiration for animators while creating animation films- DreamWorks Animation Studio, California

this garden serves as inspiration for animators while creating animation films- DreamWorks Animation Studio, California

hey there, Po!- DreamWorks Animation Studio, California

hey there, Po!- DreamWorks Animation Studio, California

dreams really do come true!- DreamWorks Animation Studio, California

dreams really do come true!- DreamWorks Animation Studio, California